Tom walking hundreds of miles through national parks for Devon Air Ambulance Trust

PUBLISHED: 15:00 13 May 2017

Tom Backhouse.

Tom Backhouse.


A Worle man is attempting to walk across all 15 of the UK's national parks this year, with the aim of reaching the highest point in each.

Tom Backhouse’s sister was seriously injured in a car accident last year, and Devon Air Ambulance Trust was essential in saving her life.

Tom has set himself a £5,000 target to raise money for the charity, and plans to walk at least 45 miles in each of the national parks in a challenge he has called Walk Wild UK.

He said: “Walk Wild UK presents the ideal challenge for me because I love exploring new places.

“My aim is to raise awareness of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and ensure people understand the critical difference it can make in what are real life and death situations, a scenario which became a reality to my family last year.”

As part of his challenge, Tom attempted to become the first adult to walk the Ten Tors 55 Challenge alone.

The Ten Tors Challenge is one of the largest national walking events of its kind, and involves 55 miles of hiking, and visiting 10 tors along the way.

He finished the walk in 30 hours over the weekend and has now completed four walks.

To follow Tom’s progress Walk National Parks and donate to his JustGiving site.

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